Cafergot is a combination medication that consists of two vasodilators. Its main components are ergotamine and caffeine.
Cafergot is used to treat a particular type of headaches. These headaches are known as vascular headaches and consist of migraines and cluster headaches. This discomfort in the head can sometimes be due to dilated blood vessels in the head. Cafergot helps to constrict these widened vessels.
The caffeine in the medication narrows the blood vessels and assists the absorption of the ergotamine. Ergotamine is responsible for the constricting of the enlarged blood vessels in the head. This helps to alleviate the discomfort caused by the headaches.
Cafergot may be have other uses for you. Consult a medical practitioner see if Cafergot can be used to benefit you in other ways.
It is important to strictly abide by the instructions the physician has provided you with. You need to refrain from Cafergot in dosages that are different from the amounts that have been prescribed.
Cafergot is to be consumed orally.
The recommended dosage for Cafergot is two tablets when the headaches first begin. In the event that the headaches continue, take one tablet every half an hour.
You should not take more than six tablets for every episode. Do not take a tablet before a half hour has passed since the last time you took a dose of Cafergot.
Do not take more than 10 tablets in a single week.
If an excess of Cafergot has been taken, contact your nearest emergency medical facilities instantaneously.
There may certain side effects experienced as a result of taking Cafergot. This is a list of the adverse reactions that may or may not present when taking Cafergot:
Irritation on surface of skin
Occurrence of hives on skin
Discomfort in chest
Blue tinge to fingers and toes
Irregular bowel movements
Cramping in the legs
Weakness in the legs
Changes in mood
Unusual sensations in limbs
In the event that you experience any of the adverse effects, contact your physician immediately.
Consult a clinician if you have recently discovered you are pregnant and have been advised to take Cafergot. This medication may not be suitable for pregnant women. Inform a medical doctor if you are considering breastfeeding an infant.
Avoid taking this remedy if you have reacted negatively with any of the components in Cafergot.
You should not use this medication if you have a history of blood vessel ailments, heart problems, elevated blood pressure, kidney disease, or liver ailments.
There are some medications that may negatively interact with Cafergot. Refrain from taking Cafergot if these medications have also been prescribed: an antifungal medication, HIV drugs, antibiotics, or 5-HT agonists.
Do not take Cafergot with pressor drugs or sympathomimetics. These may increase the possibility of developing elevated blood pressure.
Eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice may alter how body reacts to Cafergot. Ask your doctor if there are any foods that you should not consume while taking Cafergot.
Talk to a healthcare specialist about prescribed and unprescribed medications that you may be using. Inform your medical attendant about any natural supplements that may be part of your diet.